In Their Own Words: The Colonizers: Early European Settlers and the Shaping of North America

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From Champlain's daring voyages through Canada to the pious settlements of the Pilgrims and Puritans, from the commercial enterprises of Dutch New Amsterdam to the plantation society of Virginia, the rise of colonial North America emerges in vivid detail in this lively, innovative new history. Historian T.J. Stiles brings to life the dramatic events of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, skillfully interweaving his fast-paced narrative with the words of the colonizers themselves. Here are the clashes of ...
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New York Book Softcover First Edition. 418 pages. Softcover. Brand New Copy. UNITED STATES HISTORY. Brings to life the dramatic events of the seventeenth and eighteenth ... centuries, skillfully interweaving the author's fast-paced narrative with the words of the colonizers themselves. A lively and engaging invitation to early American history. (Key Words: Colonial America, Samuel de Champlain, William Bradford, Captain John Smith, John Winthrop, Peter Stuyvesant, Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, John Williams, Pequots, William Penn, Benjamin Church, Mary Rowlandson). Read more Show Less

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From Champlain's daring voyages through Canada to the pious settlements of the Pilgrims and Puritans, from the commercial enterprises of Dutch New Amsterdam to the plantation society of Virginia, the rise of colonial North America emerges in vivid detail in this lively, innovative new history. Historian T.J. Stiles brings to life the dramatic events of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, skillfully interweaving his fast-paced narrative with the words of the colonizers themselves. Here are the clashes of empires, as English, French, Dutch, and Spanish battle for land; the friction of customs and beliefs between settlers of various nations; the struggles of dissidents, captives, and slaves; and the experience of the Indian nations -- as victims, conquerors, and allies in the wars of the European kingdoms. From Bacon's Rebellion to the Salem witch trials, from the holocaust of the Hurons to the capture of Quebec, a centry and a half of tumultuous history unfolds here through the words of those who lived it.
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YA-This series title uses primary-source documents to create an entertaining page-turner with an emphasis on French and British colonies from Canada to South Carolina. The book opens with Champlain's observations of Quebec in New France (1608) and ends with Bougainville's bitter account of French surrender to the British in Canada in 1760. The gripping narratives bring this amazing period to life. The excerpts represent slaves, women, farmers, and scouts, as well as more prominent figures in colonial history. Some of them describe brutal tortures. The distinctions among the colonies are characterized and compared so that readers can see them as individual entities. Stiles then takes readers deeper to show how each colony's demographics, philosophy, leaders, and relations with both Native Americans and Europe impacted on their survival, their future, and the future of North America. A map and an introduction set the geographical and environmental stage on which the drama was played out.-Mary Alice Giarda, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399523908
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: In Their Own Words Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Sources
Introduction
A Note to the Reader
1 A Soldier of France: Pestilence, Starvation, and Treason: Samuel de Champlain 3
2 A Soldier of Fortune 19
Voyage to Virginia: Thomas Studley and Anas Todkill
Powhatan's Prisoner: Captain John Smith
Smith's Return: Thomas Studley and Anas Todkill
Corn, Fire, and Gold: Walter Russell and Anas Todkill
Conspiracies: Captain John Smith
3 A Warrior Among Warriors 39
Allies Against the Iroquois: Samuel de Champlain
4 In Powhatan's Shadow 55
President Smith: Richard Wiffin, William Phettiplace, and Anas Todkill
Smith's Reign: Richard Pott and William Phettiplace
5 Pilgrims 79
The Lord's Free People: William Bradford
A Special Providence of God: William Bradford
6 Puritans 99
A Well-Ordered Voyage: John Winthrop
The Mouse and the Snake: John Winthrop
7 Jesuits 118
Return to New France: Paul le Jeune
Mission to the Hurons: Jean de Brebeuf
Torture: Francois Joseph le Mercier
8 Tobacco and Blood 145
The Generall Historie of Virginia: Captain John Smith
9 Pequots and Dissidents 159
Dissension and War: John Winthrop
10 The Huron Apocalypse 181
Onslaught: Paul Ragueneau
Martyrdom
Annihilation Paul Ragueneau
11 New Netherlands, New York 196
The Dutch New World: Nicolaes van Wassanaer
Englishmen and Patroons: David de Vries
The Land of Eighteen Languages: Isaac Jogues
Surrender: Peter Stuyvesant
12 Bacon's Rebellion 215
The Beginning, Progress, and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion: Thomas Mathew
13 King Philip's War 229
A Relacion of the Indyan Warre: John Easton
Entertaining Passages: Benjamin Church
The Indians Have Cause to Think Me Deceitful: John Easton
Assault on the Narragansetts: Benjamin Church
What Desolations He Has Made in the Earth: Mary Rowlandson
To Have the Rogue's Head: Benjamin Church
14 Terrors of the Invisible World 259
The Wonders of the Invisible World: Cotton Mather
An Hellish Design: Thomas Brattle
15 La Salle in the Wilderness 277
La Salle's Discoveries: Henri de Tonty
16 Proprietors in the Colonies 296
An Account of the Province of Carolina: Samuel Wilson
Spaniards, Settlers, and Slaves: Edward Randolph
The Propriety of Pennsylvania: William Penn
A Place for Germans: Francis Daniel Pastorius
17 Franklin in the Cities 312
From Apprentice to Public Man: Benjamin Franklin
18 Return to Zion 331
Into a Strange Land: John Williams
19 Diaspora 348
Slavery: Olaudah Equiano
20 Britain Rebuked 363
A Plan of Union, a Plan of Attack: Benjamin Franklin
A Tragic Victory: Pierre Roubaud
21 The Fall of New France 394
The Enemy Repulsed: Louis Antoine de Bougainville
The Fleet Sails: Olaudah Equiano
The Citadel Falls: Louis Antoine de Bougainville
The Rangers Attack: Robert Rogers
The Final Surrender: Louis Antoine de Bougainville
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